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Police bashed in domestic brawl

AN UGLY domestic incident at Moonee Beach spiralled out of control on Saturday night when two men allegedly assaulted four police officers.

One policeman was taken to hospital with an eye injury, a female officer was allegedly punched in the head, while another officer drew his Taser and threatened to use it.

The incident happened about 10pm when police attended a house in Stockmans Drive, Moonee Beach, after reports of a loud verbal dispute.

Police said a 47-year-old man, who lives at the house, was spoken to along with a 32-year-old Sapphire man.

Both men were heavily intoxicated and became abusive before bashing police.

A scuffle broke out involving the 47-year-old man and two male officers.

He allegedly kicked and punched police as he was wrestled to the ground.

At the same time, the 32-year-old is said to have threatened two female officers, while trying to free his friend.

It’s alleged he pushed one female officer to the ground and as she went to stand back up punched her to the side of the head.

Capsicum spray was used and one officer drew his Taser and threatened to use it before the men surrendered.

They were placed in a caged police truck and taken to the Coffs Harbour Police Station where they were interviewed, spending the night in custody.

Both men were charged with use offensive language, resist arrest/hinder police and assault police.

In addition, the 47-year-old is facing a charge of malicious damage, after one officer’s prescription glasses were broken in the struggle.

The men were granted conditional bail yesterday morning to reappear in the Coffs Harbour Local Court on November 15.



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